ARCHIVE: 1980s Black Chanel Wool Skirt Suit

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This two piece skirt suit set by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel is cut in a chic silhouette and is from the fall 1984 ready to wear collection. The jacket has a rounded edge collar and sloped seam detail to each shoulder, as well as light padding on either side to create that classic 80s structured feel. It fastens down the front with five black buttons concealed by a placket, and is finished with classic gold interlocking 'C' cartouche buttons at the collar, on both sides of the front opening, and on each pocket. The cuffs have a banded detail and are once again finished with the same gold Chanel button detail. The jacket is lined with soft black silk, and its exterior, like the skirt, is made up of a very fine wool fabric. The pencil skirt has a fitted waistband, crossover seam details and two functional front pockets. It has a rear zip with hook and eye closure at the top, as well as two vertical front seams - the left of which opens to a split up to around mid thigh, for added freedom of moment. This set, with its craftsmanship and classic approach to tailoring, would make an excellent addition to any Chanel collector's, or vintage enthusiast's, wardrobe.

The set is in immaculate vintage condition with no faults or signs of wear and tear. Labelled a French 40, due to the nature of the small waistband on the skirt we feel it would best fit a UK 8 - small 10, or 4 US to a small size 6 US although the jacket would fit up to a UK 12 or US 8.



SHOULDER: 17.5 ( 43.18 cm )
BUST: 40 ( 101.6 cm )
WAIST: 40 ( 101.6 cm )
HIP: 40 ( 101.6 cm )
LENGTH: 31 in. ( 78.74 cm )


WAIST: 26 in. ( 66.04 cm )
HIP: 36 in. ( 91.44 cm )
LENGTH: 31 in. ( 78.74 cm )


Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

Can I cancel my appointment?

You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

Do you have parking?

We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

How do I get there by public transport?


Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

Nine Elms (9 min walk) – Northern Line


Wandsworth Road (13 min walk) – Westbound to Clapham Junction / Eastbound to Dalston Junction

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